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Pope Francis was unwittingly thrust into the center of a long-running diplomatic dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom after holding a sign calling for dialogue over the Falkland Islands.
Caring for all of creation includes paying particular attention to the needs of young people and the aged, Pope Francis told the audience of a Catholic radio station in Argentina.
As he did last August, Francis granted a telephone interview Saturday to a station operated by Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Campo Gallo, speaking for just under an hour with Frs. Joaquin Giangreco and Juan Ignacio Liebana.
Residents of Villa 21-24, a slum on the south side of the Argentine capital, hold fond memories of Pope Francis.
A homecoming for the Argentine pope likely to draw attention to key challenges in the region.
Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message -- one message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say.
"The encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the irresponsible exploitation of nature and the consequences for people's life and health," Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, told Catholic News Service.
NCR Today: Numerous press reports are saying that Pope Francis has an advanced degree in chemistry, including one that incorrectly cites me as a source.
Pope Francis told an Argentine newspaper that he never watches TV or logs on to the Internet and, perhaps not surprisingly, sleeps well.
Speaking to the newspaper La Voz Del Pueblo, the pope reflected on the little over two years since he was thrust into the global limelight.
He said the swift transition from being archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics was somewhat of a shock.
Pope Francis urged Franciscan friars to hold true to their charism of fraternity, humility and poverty and not lose the respect they have earned over the centuries for living up to those ideals.
The more one feels small before God and in need of his mercy, "the closer we are to salvation; the more we are convinced of being sinners, the more we are willing to be saved," he said in an audience Tuesday with 200 Franciscan leaders.
Faith and Justice: First strike: He is male. Any man who thinks he has something to say about women to women needs his head examined.